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Sierra Bullets Review

April 2009 Product Review

Sierra Bullets Review

When I started reloading over 40 years ago I started with a 30-06 and 180 grain Sierra bullets. My loading equipment consisted of a $7.00 Lee Loader a can of powder, primers and a box of bullets. By coincidence they were 180 grain flat base Sierras for a 30-06 that I had at the time. I wasn't sure that I wanted to reload so I started on the cheap. Anyway they shot fine in spite of my ignorance and a lifelong love affair with reloading started.

Sierra started making bullets in 1947 in a Quonset hut in California. They stayed there until 1990 when they moved to Sedalia Missouri. In the last 60 years their line of bullets has expanded dramatically and continues to do so. They also produce a very helpful manual which a reloader would do well to obtain and read. It has over 1100 pages of information that every reloader needs. There is information for every level of reloaders. Sierra bullets have always bragged on their accuracy and for the most part I can verify that claim. Read more...

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Intresting. I started about 40 years ago with a $7 Lee loader and 175gr Herter 7mm bullets in my 7mm mag. Boy was I something, I didn't know squat but I did shoot a lot. Got my one and only beauty ring over the eye with that rifle and that bullet!

I believe the 115gr bullet he commented on was the 115gr Speer. It was super accurate in my 7mm mag and I'm not sure if it opened or not. Maybe not, it was going so fast it was through the target before it had a chance. I shot a lot og gophers in Montana with that rifle and that Speer bullet. Let me say that at that velocity, with that dia bullet at that small a target, expansion wasn't t required!

At that same time I was using a 222 Rem and that 50gr Sierra was pure death and the most accurate load I ever used.

He also mentioned that some Sierra's were/are soft. That is so true and why I quit using them for hunting. I've heard they somewhat fixed the problem with the Pro Hunter. Shooting a big game animal with the 160gr Sierra in my 7mm mag was like shooting a handgrenade at it! Just jelled the inside of what ever you shot. That got me into Speer and the Hornady bullet's.

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Re: Serria bullets by Don Fischer

I couldn't disagree with you more, I have had just the opposite experience with Sierra Bullets 30 cal 165 SBT for many years and have taken at least 30 deer with them I would like to show you an expanded bullet but I have never found one,
all deer were taken with one shot kills. From 100 - 350 YDS

Although I do load my 06 down to 2700 fps with 3031 IMR powder and have found it to be the most accurate bullet I have ever used it shoots SUB MOA at 100 YDS.

I am now working on a load for my 300 WBY and I will probably use Hornady interbond 165 gr bt but I plan be pushing it to 3300 fps I feel that might be to fast for an unbonded bullet that is the only reason I'm not using Sierra.
But then I just might for coyotes and see what happens.

Gun control is hitting your target.

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Welcome to BGH.

Glad you have good luck with them. I have a cousin that all he would shoot in his 270 was 130gr Sierras. The bullet's I used were back in the early 1970's and then no one argued that they weren't soft. They brought out the Pro Hunter to cure that was my understanding. Today I still hear stories about how soft they are but also from other's that like them. Read where one guy got one back and it had retained a good part of it's weight, that would be an improvement.

In 30 cal, the 165gr Hornady is my favorite bullet, actually Hornady's are my favorite bullet's! But I don't shoot any magnums any more. At 3300 fps I wonder if it will hold up too. I've never shot a Hornady over 2900 fps, that was in that old 7mm mag with a 175 gr Spire Point. Wasn't measured vel as no chrno back then. Never shot anything with it either. I'd settled on the 160 gr Speer befor ever trying it. If I were going to try pushing a 165gr bullet 3300 fps I believe I'd go with a premium bullet.

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I use Sierra game kings for

I use Sierra game kings for all type of game with success.  I've shot antelope, deer and most recently a mountain goat with my .270 shooting 130 grain bullets.  All one shot kills.

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We have been using the Sierra Pro-Hunter bullets for our .303's for the past few years.  We use the 125 gr. for pronghorn, 150 and 174 gr. for whitetail and muley(depending on terrain and brush).  We each have our bullet boxes as the cartridges for his rifle will not work in mine and vice-versa.  We mark each of his bullets with a blue marker and keep them in a blue box, and mine are marked with a red marker and kept in a green box.  When we first started reloading, Scruffy did it all himself, but now that I'm not working I do the reloading.  It is fun and we control the quality.

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Since I began handloading,

Since I began handloading, I've used Sierra bullets almost exclusively.  While I often test other brands (Hornady, Speer, and Barnes mainly), I usually find myself going back to Sierra's.  In my .243, the 100 gr. Semi-Points are simply awesome!  We use them on Mule Deer and Antelope and the results are devistating.  The accuracy is phenominal also!!  About the only time I load other brands is when I intend to hunt Elk with a moderate caliber, ie. my 25-06.  Recently, I picked up a box of 90 gr. HPBT for my .25-06.  I can't wait to shoot them and go use 'em on some coyote's!!

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I use 150 grain Sierra's for my 308 loads.  They work well and take whitetail reliably.  The 150 grain bullet is teh most accurate load I have found in my rifle yet.  Although I use other brands too, but there is nothing wrong with the Sierra's at all.  Thanks for sharing the review with us.

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So glad yall have a "Reloadiing Bench".  I am mostly a reader and not a writer, as I read things that help me, so in turn if I can offer something I reckon I should.

I cannot afford to shoot just Sierra Bullets, but, I do have 4 spent bullets hanging on my wall. All have killed deer.

The 2 Sierra Bullets expanded perfectly. one at 75 yard shot, the other over 500 yard across a canyon.

The 2 Nozler Ballistic tip, both came apart inside the animals. These were all fired from a Remington Mountain Rifle shooting 270 Win with 130 Grn Bullets. I compared these two types as they were about the same cost. At the time the Nozler Partition was talked up, but it also cost much more.

I cannot say what would happen in another gun, or another time, but these 4 bullets sold me on Sierra. Your experience may vary.   Just my 2 cents, hope it is of some value.

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I have heard nothing but good

I have heard nothing but good about Nosler BT. But until fairly recently it was only good for accuracy, very soft. That was changed and I read of more guy's liking them for hunting. From what I used to read about them, they preformed just about the same as the old Sierra bullet's. I'll say this for Sierra, I'd be hard pressed to find a more accurate bullet than the match king. I have shot a lot of them out of the 222 Rem and 223 Rem at varmits. Also shot 140gr MK's in my 6.5-06 for long range target's. Wonderfull! I tried a box of 100gr MK's in my 25-06 a couple years back. About 3/4" group but, four of the shots went .009"! I have never come close the that before. I'm sure someone was smiling on me with those four shot's and the fifth was certainily shooter error.

In that same 25-06 I tried 100gr Hornady SP's. Velocity was a bit over 3300fps measured. Wonderfully accurate but just destroyed everything in it's path. I shot a porcupine with it one time and it looked like the thing had swallowed a hand granade and it went off inside, amazing!

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I started handloading in 1953

I started handloading in 1953 and my first loads, deer and chucks were taken with Sierras.

Sierras are my match bullet for centerfire competition.  Those matches were very important to me so as not to fire a bad shot and Sierra came through every time!

Someone said: "If it won't shoot Sierras then fix it."

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